Honoring our veterans during this upcoming holiday Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 November 2017
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By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON

On Saturday, we honor America’s servicemen and women — both past and present — for their patriotism, love of country and duty to our nation.  

Originally designated as Armistice Day in 1918, Veterans Day traces its roots back to the cessation of hostilities that ended World War I. As we take time to remember those who have stood for the cause of freedom throughout history, it is appropriate to reflect upon the words of President Calvin Coolidge: “The Nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.”

Remember: Use risk mitigation during the holiday weekend, have a plan, and watch out for one another. We need everyone to return safely to the team.

As the weather begins to change, road conditions will follow suit. Be alert when you drive, and never rush. Always wear your seat belt when traveling in a vehicle and use personal protective equipment when riding a motorcycle. If you drink alcohol, have a designated driver or call a taxi. Tell others where you are going and when you will return as hunting season approaches. Obey the hunting laws and regulation, but most of all, be safe.  

Leaders are expected to be engaged and proactive in identifying risks so that we can continue to protect those that safeguard our freedom.

We are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the brave members of our joint force. As we continue to build upon readiness and modernization across the military, your role in the defense of our country is extremely important. We are grateful for your dedication and support to our great installation. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

We are proud to serve with you. Victory starts here, victory through skill.

(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 22 November 2017 )